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Heat Hits Cars
The Oklahoma summer heat may be taking a toll on your car this time of year.
"Things just don't work that well when they are that hot," Mike Crouse at Swanson's Tire Auto Care Center in Oklahoma city said. "The air conditioner can only pull (the temperature) down about 40 degrees from whatever ambient temperature is outside."
The Auto Care center is wall-to-wall busy according to the mechanic, with consumers getting AC's repaired, tires fixed and batteries replaced.
"Nowadays, you go in to buy a slurpee and when you come out your battery is dead," Crouse said.
Batteries sometimes can't handle the high temperatures from the summer and fizzle out according to Crouse, and even if they last, they sometimes will die in the winter instead, "When they do fail in winter, it's because of the summer heat that did most of the damage," Crouse said.
Mechanics advise checking your battery regularly and if you are worried about tire inflation. Crouse recommends switching to nitrogen gas instead of regular air, "By doing that, you can bring the heat signature on the tire down 10-12 percent." Crouse said.
Posted: Monday, July 30 2012, 09:41 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Owasso city manager placed on paid leave
May 25, 2013 19:00 GMT
OWASSO, Okla. (AP) -- The Owasso City Council has placed City Manager Rodney Ray on paid leave while his offices' internal affairs are investigated.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/10rGuxQ ) that Mayor Doug Bonebrake said Friday that a complaint was filed against Ray by a city employee. The mayor declined to reveal the nature of the complaint.
Ray said he respects the City Council and predicts he will have no "issues" with the investigation. Ray has said the council meeting was called to discuss a "police incident." He declined further comment.
The City Council met for about 45 minutes Friday before voting 4-0 to place Ray on leave, then voting 4-0 to appoint Assistant City Manager Warren Lehr as acting city manager.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com
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